Learn About SSCA

Sonoma Sister Cities Association (SSCA) strives to cultivate successful relationships of a global nature among the youth, adults and businesses of Sonoma Valley through cultural, educational, and social events, along with leadership programs which emphasize reaching out to potential partners and beneficiaries within our sister city communities.

SSCA programs are supported by local volunteers and city officials and foster long-term relationships with cities abroad, opening the doors to meaningful and lasting global friendships and connections which promotes mutual respect, understanding and cooperation.

Meet the Board of Directors

Our Board consists of elected officers and the chairperson of each city committee as well as Bocce Sonoma and is staffed by volunteers. We also have board members who oversee particular functions which support all committees and SSCA as a whole: government compliance, membership, communications and public relations, and operations. Board members contribute advice and various levels of support to project leaders working to fullfill the mission of Sister Cities International. Pictured: (Back Row/L-R) Joanne Sanders (Chamson Chair), Patrick Garcia (Patzcuaro Chair), Barry Walner (Bocce Sonoma), George McKale (Treasurer and Aswan Chair), Hans Steuck (Vice-President) (Front Row/L-R) Sylvia Toth (Tokaj Co-Chair), Monica Menco (Communications and Public Relations Director), Diana Short (Greve Chair), Farrel Beddome (President), Violet Espiritu (Secretary), Gigi Pfleger (Membership)  Not Picured:  Joan Toth (Tokaj Co-Chair) and Jack Ding (Compliance)

Sonoma City Hall

Thank You to the City of Sonoma

SSCA would not be possible without the authorization and involvement of the City of Sonoma.  Each of our sister city relationships results from an official agreement between each city government.  Sister city relationships are the result of timely, careful communciations between representatives of each city who work with SSCA to advance the mission of Sister Cities International and create the opportunity for citizen to citizen diplomacy.  Our current mayor, Ms. Laurie Gallian, has been personally involved with delegation visits, as have other members of the City Council.   Click here for more infromation about the City of Sonoma.

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1956 Remembered

On November 12, 2016, the Tokaj Committee hosted an event commemorating the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.  Speakers included X, X, X and X, who told of their first-hand experiences during this [...]

Apply for 2017 Henri & Ivy Cardinaux Scholarship Now

Chamson, a member of Sonoma Sister Cites Association, is now accepting applications for the 2017 Henry and Ivy Cardinaux Scholarship award.  The value of this award is $2000. Applications can [...]

Next Greve Committee Meeting

The next Greve Committee meeting will be Sunday, April 23rd at 3:30 pm at the Sebastiani Winery in Sonoma.

  • copyright Monica Menco 02/2017

The Year of the Rooster – What an Amazing Celebration!

The audience enjoys the auction while waiting for lunch to begin To the Penglai Committee, Congratulations to all of you for planning, organizing, staffing, coordinating and implementing the [...]

Successful Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration!

A wonderful Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration was held at the Jacuzzi Family Vineyards on January 29, 2017, presented by the Sonoma-Penglai Sister City Committee. We were honored by [...]

Help Support The Chinese Legacy Project

This year marks the beginning of the Sonoma-Penglai Sister City Committee's (SPSSC) ambitious project to commemorate the significant contribution made by the many Chinese laborers who helped create the vineyards [...]

Click on The Chinese Legacy Project to learn about the Ting.

The Chamson Committee is pleased to anounce that applications for the 2017 Henri & Ivy Cardinaux Scholarship are now being accepted through midnight, Aprill 22, 2017.  For a description of the $2000 scholarship, please click here.  The application, instructions for submittal, and eligibility requirements can be found here.

Upcoming Events

Apr
3
Mon
Penglai Committee Meeting @ Jacuzzi Winery
Apr 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Apr
17
Mon
SSCA Board of Directors Monthly Meeting @ Sonoma Creek Club House
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Apr
20
Thu
Sonoma-Tokaj Committee Meetings @ TBD - Call Sylvia at 707-938-0224
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

PLEASE COME to one of our meetings! Call Co-Chair Sylvia at (707) 938-0224 for all info.

There is no cost to be a member of the Sonoma-Tokaj Sister City Committee, but we do ask that members join Sonoma Sister Cities Association, our parent organization which holds the 501- c 3 designation.

Apr
22
Sat
Deadline to Apply for the Henri & Ivy Cardinaux Scholarship
Apr 22 @ 4:17 am – 11:45 pm
Apr
23
Sun
Greve Quarterly Committee Meeting @ Sebastiani Winery
Apr 23 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Apr
25
Tue
Liberation Day (Italy) 1945
Apr 25 all-day
May
1
Mon
Penglai Committee Meeting @ Jacuzzi Winery
May 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
May
15
Mon
SSCA Board of Directors Monthly Meeting @ Sonoma Creek Club House
May 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
May
18
Thu
Sonoma-Tokaj Committee Meetings @ TBD - Call Sylvia at 707-938-0224
May 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

PLEASE COME to one of our meetings! Call Co-Chair Sylvia at (707) 938-0224 for all info.

There is no cost to be a member of the Sonoma-Tokaj Sister City Committee, but we do ask that members join Sonoma Sister Cities Association, our parent organization which holds the 501- c 3 designation.

Jun
2
Fri
Festas della Republica (Italy) 1946
Jun 2 all-day

Also commemorates the death of Giuseppe Garibaldo, 1882.